KING Misuzulu will host the eighth annual Royal Sabbath and Umgidi Ceremony with Ebuhleni Nazareth Baptist Church leader Mduduzi “Unyazilwezulu” Shembe.

These will be at KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace on Saturday and Sunday 20 and 21 November.

King Misuzulu and inkosi Unyazilwezulu will be reviving the reconciliation by Unyazilwezulu and King Zwelithini following the bad blood between the church and royal house.

The king’s spokesman Prince Thulani Zulu, told Daily Sun in history, church founder Prophet Isaiah Shembe was sent to the royal family to give prayer and spiritual guidance to King Dinuzulu and the Zulu nation. “The prophet did not find the king in Nongoma, as white people had taken him to St Helena. The prophet once again visited and found King Solomon and they developed a good relationship.

“When the late church leader Prophet Vimbeni Shembe got gravely ill in 2010, Zwelithini went to see him at his home, but was prevented from seeing him by church leaders,” he said.

After Vimbeni’s death, the good fellowship developed by Prophet Isaiah and King Solomon was ruined. “Denying the king access to see Vimbeni on his sickbed meant a serious unknown allegation against the king by church leaders.

“This impacted the church badly as almost all Shembe followers are Zulu people and were hurt by what some of their colleagues did.”

He said in 2013, Unyazilwezulu and his congregation decided to reconcile with the royal house. “Peace was established by a ceremony known as Ukuthelelana Amanzi at KwaKhangelamankengane Royal Palace,” he said.

King Misuzulu saw it fit to stage such a ceremony at KwaKhangelamankengane, as this was where reconciliation started in 2013.

Ebuhleni Nazareth Church spokesman Thokozani Mncwabe said: “We have a good relationship with the king. Many of our congregants led by our leader will be there,” he said.